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Gourmet Birds September Newsletter 2008
As I write this itís pouring with rain outside, but thereís a group of young goldfinches on the feeder, a reminder that some birds have had a successful breeding season despite the weather. The weather was far from brilliant on this yearís GB trips, too. It was cool in Spain in March, though we did see several wallcreepers, but it was very pleasant for our visit to Cyprus, where we recorded our best-ever weekís total of a 142 species, beating by one the previous top score set in 1997.
We arrived in Greece in May in torrential rain, leaving a covering of snow on the mountains above our hotel. However, it did cheer up during our week when we had some great birdwatching. Lake Kerkini is certainly one of the most exciting and productive inland sites for birds in Western Europe. Spain in June was remarkably cool, but we missed the extensive floods that swept through the Ebro valley.
Iím currently working hard on next yearís programme: it gets harder every year to find new locations, as we have now visited most European countries. The rise and rise of the Euro is also extremely bad news, as it forces prices up considerably. Even eastern European countries like Estonia have currencies that have appreciated greatly against sterling this year. This time last year a Euro was worth 68p, itís now 82p.
Stone curlews in Suffolk 2008
Following last yearís successful Suffolk break, we are organising another this autumn: arrive in Suffolk on Tuesday 30 September for a two-night stay, with dinner at Forge Cottage on the 30th and the 1st. I will organise outings to Norfolk and Suffolk on the Wednesday and Thursday, and am confident of finding flocks of stone curlews. £235.00 inclusive.
Estonia in March
Cyprus in April
Bulgaria in May
Greece in late May
Further details and firm dates and prices for all these holidays will follow shortly. If you would like to see my past diaries for any of these destinations except Estonia (I havenít been there in March), please ask.
Many of you will have travelled with Pamela Washer, whom Iím sorry to report died in July at the age of 84. Another former GB regular who also died earlier this year was Evelyn Maddock.
For the last 32 years I have led birdwatching courses for the Field Studies Council at Nettlecombe in Somerset. This summerís course was officially the last, as Nettlecombe is no longer offering adult courses.